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Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP)

The Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) is for practising and prospective teachers wishing to embark on a career in teaching within the wider Aga Khan network of institutions, with a particular focus on teaching the Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Secondary Curriculum at the Ismaili Religious Education Centres (RECs) to students aged 11-16.

STEP takes exceptional graduates and works with them to develop their skills and shape them into teachers and mentors who can inspire and teach.

The Master’s level teacher preparation aspect of STEP is being undertaken through a pioneering collaboration between IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, SOAS University of London and the Institute of Ismaili Studies. 

STEP has been developed to support and promote the need for professionally trained secondary-level teachers who can teach the IIS Secondary Curriculum within the Ismaili religious education system. Therefore, candidates are recruited from within the Ismaili community. It is a fully funded scholarship programme, which covers the cost of tuition fees, accommodation and includes a living allowance. 

Details of applications for 2025 entry will be forthcoming.

Why join STEP?

Becoming a STEP teacher is a huge responsibility but also a privilege. Where you hold the responsibility of contributing towards the preservation and extension of a living faith tradition, you also have privilege to be part of an exciting and rigorous endeavour hosted by three esteemed institutions.

Mr Faheem Hussain, STEP Teacher Educator